League of Resident Theatres

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League of Resident Theatres
Formation18 March 1966; 58 years ago (1966-03-18)
TypeTheater association
Official language
Websitewww.lort.org Edit this at Wikidata

The League of Resident Theatres (LORT) is the largest professional theater association of its kind in the United States, with 75 member theaters located in every major market in the U.S., including 29 states and the District of Columbia. LORT members collectively issue more Equity contracts to actors than Broadway and commercial tours combined.

LORT is also a forum for sharing information regarding all aspects. According to the organization's website, their semi-annual meetings provide opportunities for members to study, discuss, and exchange information on such non-labor management issues as development, marketing, public relations, education, and technology, as well as provide a forum for developing professional relationships. LORT is also committed to the continued training of current and future LORT managers.[1]

LORT serves as a way for member resident theaters, also called regional theaters, to bargain collectively with Actors' Equity Association, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists, as well as other major labor unions in the entertainment industry.


  • To promote the general welfare of resident theaters in the U.S. and its territories;
  • To promote community interest in and support of resident theaters;
  • To encourage and promote sound communications and relations between resident theaters in the U.S. and between resident theaters and the theater-going public;
  • To afford resident theaters an opportunity to act for their common purpose and interest;
    • To act in the interest and on behalf of its members in labor relations and related matters;
    • To serve as bargaining agent for its members in bargaining collectively with unions representing employees of its members;
    • To establish and maintain stable and equitable labor relations between its members and unions representing employees of its members;
    • To provide guidance and assistance to its members in administering collective bargaining agreements;
    • If requested by a member, to handle disputes between members and their employees and/or union representatives; and
    • To represent members before government agencies on problems of labor relations.
  • To carry on all lawful activities which may directly or indirectly contribute to the accomplishment of such purposes; and
  • To communicate with the Federal Government through the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Arts Alliance and to keep those agencies apprised of the needs and status of LORT's membership.[1]


The League of Resident Theatres was formally established on 18 March 1966 by Peter Zeisler, managing director of the Minnesota Theatre Company (a.k.a. the Guthrie Theater), Thomas Fichandler, general manager of Arena Stage, and Morris Kaplan, an attorney. Peter Zeisler was appointed the first president, with Thomas Finchandler as vice president and William Bushnell, manager of Baltimore's Center Stage, as secretary. There were 26 member theaters at the organization's founding. Until then resident theater troupes negotiated individual contracts with Equity; most of them used modifications of commercial theater contracts. In some instances the theaters operated under the terms of Equity's new stock contract, however, resident theater managers have long felt burdened by what they call Equity's "one production" type of contract used on Broadway.[2]


Theaters are categorized into tiers A through D. Tiers B+ through D are determined by the weekly actual box office receipts averaged over the last three complete fiscal years. No theaters can move in or out of Tier "A" (except the transition of Ford's Theatre from "A" to "B").[citation needed][when?]

  • Categories and box office receipts are as follows:
    • "B+” $110,000.00 and above
    • "B" $70,000.00 to $109,999.99
    • "C" $45,000.00 to $69,999.99
    • "D" $44,999.99 and below

For some purposes, the "C" category is split into "C-1" and "C-2" based on seating capacity.[3]

Member theatres[edit]

These are the member theatre companies:[4]

Theatre Name City State Notes
5th Avenue Theatre Seattle WA joined in 2018[5]
ACT Theatre Seattle WA
Actors Theatre of Louisville Louisville KY
Alabama Shakespeare Festival Montgomery AL
Alley Theatre Houston TX
Alliance Theatre Atlanta GA
American Conservatory Theater San Francisco CA
American Repertory Theater Cambridge MA
Arden Theatre Company


Philadelphia PA
Arena Stage Washington DC
Arizona Theatre Company Tucson/Phoenix AZ
Arkansas Repertory Theatre Little Rock AR membership ended in 2018[7]
Artists Repertory Theatre Portland OR
Asolo Repertory Theatre Sarasota FL
Barter Theatre Abingdon VA
Berkeley Repertory Theatre Berkeley CA
Capital Repertory Theatre Albany NY
Centerstage Baltimore MD
Center Theatre Group Los Angeles CA
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Cincinnati OH
City Theatre Company Pittsburgh PA
Clarence Brown Theatre Company[8] Knoxville TN
Cleveland Play House Cleveland OH
Court Theatre Chicago IL
Dallas Theater Center Dallas TX
Delaware Theatre Company[9] Wilmington DE
Denver Center Theatre Company[10] Denver CO
Everyman Theatre Baltimore MD joined in 2019[11]
Florida Studio Theatre Sarasota FL
Ford's Theatre Washington DC
Geffen Playhouse Los Angeles CA
George Street Playhouse New Brunswick NJ
Geva Theatre Center Rochester NY
Goodman Theatre Chicago IL
Goodspeed Musicals East Haddam CT
Great Lakes Theater Cleveland OH
Guthrie Theater Minneapolis MN
Gulfshore Playhouse Naples FL joined in 2022[12]
Hartford Stage Company Hartford CT
Huntington Theatre Company Boston MA
Indiana Repertory Theatre Indianapolis IN
Kansas City Repertory Theatre Kansas City MO
Laguna Playhouse[13] Laguna Beach CA
La Jolla Playhouse La Jolla CA
Lincoln Center Theater New York NY
Long Wharf Theatre New Haven CT
Maltz Jupiter Theatre[14] Jupiter FL
Manhattan Theatre Club New York NY
Marin Theatre Company Mill Valley CA
McCarter Theatre Princeton NJ
Merrimack Repertory Theatre Lowell MA
Milwaukee Repertory Theater Milwaukee WI
Northern Stage White River Junction VT
Northlight Theatre[15] Skokie IL
The Old Globe San Diego CA
Pasadena Playhouse Pasadena CA
People's Light and Theatre Company Philadelphia PA
Philadelphia Theatre Company Philadelphia PA
Pittsburgh Public Theater Pittsburgh PA
PlayMakers Repertory Company Chapel Hill NC
Portland Center Stage Portland OR
Portland Stage Company Portland ME
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis St. Louis MO
Roundabout Theatre Company New York NY
Round House Theatre Bethesda MD
Seattle Repertory Theatre Seattle WA
Second Stage Theater New York NY
Shakespeare Theatre Company Washington DC
Signature Theatre Arlington VA
South Coast Repertory Costa Mesa CA
Steppenwolf Theatre Company Chicago IL joined in 2023[16]
Studio Theatre Washington DC joined circa 2022[17]
Syracuse Stage Syracuse NY
Theatre for a New Audience New York NY
TheatreWorks Palo Alto CA
Trinity Repertory Company Providence RI
Two River Theater Red Bank NJ
Utah Shakespeare Festival Cedar City UT joined in 2021[18]
Westport Country Playhouse Westport CT
The Wilma Theater Philadelphia PA
Yale Repertory Theatre New Haven CT


  1. ^ a b Drotar, Stephanie (2012). "About LORT". Lort.org. League of Resident Theatres. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  2. ^ Calta, Louis "26 Stage Troupes Form League to Bargain With Actors Equity" New York Times 4 April 1966, pg. 26.
  3. ^ "The League of Resident Theatres and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Inc" (PDF). Sdcweb.org. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Member Theatres". Lort.org. League of Resident Theatres. 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Member Theatres". League of Resident Theatres. 11 October 2018. Archived from the original on 11 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Arden Theatre Company : Experience award-winning theatre in the heart of Old City Philadelphia". Ardentheatre.org. 23 February 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  7. ^ American Theatre Editors (24 April 2018). "Arkansas Rep to Suspend Operations". American Theatre.
  8. ^ "University of Tennessee Department of Theatre". Clarence Brown Theatre. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Delaware Theatre Company". Delawaretheatre.org. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Denver Theatre – Home | DCPA Official Ticketing Provider". Denvercenter.org. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Member Theatres". League of Resident Theatres. 30 October 2019. Archived from the original on 30 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Gulfshore Playhouse Joins Prestigious LORT as Their 77th Member". Gulfshore Playhouse. 16 February 2022.
  13. ^ "Home". Lagunaplayhouse.com. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Maltz Jupiter Theatre – Home". Jupitertheatre.org. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Northlight Theatre | Intensely Entertaining". Northlight.org. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Member Theatres". League of Resident Theatres. 13 November 2023. Archived from the original on 13 November 2023.
  17. ^ "Member Theatres". League of Resident Theatres. 11 July 2022. Archived from the original on 11 July 2022.
  18. ^ "Festival Executive Producer Frank Mack to Pursue New Opportunities". Utah Shakespeare Festival. 3 October 2022.

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